The Generation Tree
Species: Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
Age: 35 years
Region: Ballina, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
"I planted this beech tree from a seed in 1980. It is a generation tree. The initials of my 12 grandchildren and their year of birth were etched on its bark from 1996 to 2010. The letters continue to expand annually and remain permanent while the tree is alive. It is not alone because it stands in a grove of mixed conifers and broadleaves containing all the native Irish species in what the grandchildren call the “Deep Dark Wood” where they have spent many happy hours at play over the years." Paddy Keane
Photo: Paddy Keane, Siobhan Keane Hopcraft{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2016
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15th place 
National contest organizer: Just Forests
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2016

The oldest tree of Bátaszék
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1st place 
The Thousand Year Old Lime
Czech republic
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2nd place 
Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová
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3rd place 
The Oak of Bolko
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4th place 
Canicosa´s Pine-Oak
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5th place 
The oak from Danube park in Silistra
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6th place 
Tamme-Lauri oak
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7th place 
The Cubbington Pear Tree
England, UK
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8th place 
The Big oak of Liernu
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9th place 
The Suffragette Oak
Scotland, UK
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10th place 
Millennial Lime Tree of Heede
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11th place 
Weeping blue cedar
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12th place 
The Peace Tree
Northern Ireland, UK
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13th place 
Survival at the cutting edge oak
Wales, UK
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14th place 
The Generation Tree
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15th place